Quirky and heavily eccentric, Wes Anderson (Isle Of Dogs, The French Dispatch) is one of our generation's most-loved movie directors and is known for his unique narrative style, unforgettable color palettes and stark use of symmetry. This distinct style of cinematography has fans all over the world identifying sites and locations they feel could be right out of a Wes Anderson flick—and a group called Accidentally Wes Anderson collects and complies pictures of these scenes.
Founded in New York in 2017 by a passionate husband and wife, the group shares real-life places that seem plucked from the world of Wes Anderson. "We explore the unique, the symmetrical, the atypical, the distinctive design and amazing architecture that inspires us all," the website reads.
What began as a personal project, their Instagram account has amassed over 1.7 million followers, which has evolved into an aesthete's dream. Using crowdsourced images, they've since released books, postcards, collections, travel guides covering off-kilter corners of the world and more, all dedicated to the revered director's beautiful and idiosyncratic style.
Last year, an installation by the same name was presented in Seoul, Korea and transported people into Wes Anderson's world through striking landscapes and architectural delights like those from his films. The exhibition is now heading to Tokyo and will feature over 300 photographs reminiscent of Wes Anderson-style spots from around the world. Whether through bold symmetry, eye-catching patterns or colorful pastel tones, the images look to inspire intrepid travellers to visit new places with cinematic elements and vintage vibes.
Accidentally Wes Anderson runs from April 5 to May 26 at Warehouse Terrada G1 Building in Tokyo. Visitors to the exhibition should not miss exploring Tokyo via a similar lens and check out a city guide by the same group.